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Originally Posted by IEMagnet01 View Post
 

The KEF M200 is definitely a possibility, and the Xiaomi Piston 2.0 gold is a very high performance beryllium driver with android functionality for what amounts to two sawbucks. 

Hmm, the KEF doesn't seem to look all that comfortable to wear. Plus, it's made specifically for Apple products, so I'd run into the same problem I have with XBA-3iP on an Android phone.

 

The Xiaomi looks interesting. Where did you buy it from? $20 is damn cheap. How does it stack up to the XBA-3 or other triple balanced IEMs? I value comfort almost as much as SQ. I can't even enjoy my TF10s anymore... until I get enough $$ to get it custom molded.

 

Thanks for the suggestions.


Edited by Click - 1/19/14 at 9:39pm
post #1127 of 1156
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Originally Posted by Click View Post

Hmm, the KEF doesn't seem to look all that comfortable to wear. Plus, it's made specifically for Apple products, so I'd run into the same problem I have with XBA-3iP on an Android phone.

The Xiaomi looks interesting. Where did you buy it from? $20 is damn cheap. How does it stack up to the XBA-3 or other triple balanced IEMs? I value comfort almost as much as SQ. I can't even enjoy my TF10s anymore... until I get enough $$ to get it custom molded.

Thanks for the suggestions.

This where it gets cool. I had the XBA 30 a few months ago, and the TF 10 just this last month, and though the Piston doesn't have the soundstage or detail retrieval of those two, it has more natural highs with gorgeous timbre, the mids are lush and balanced , where as the mids in both those others are a bit recessed. The bass is much more articulate and natural, due to it being a dynamic driver, while the BA bass in those are plasticky and mid bass boomy. There's still a large amount of detail and instrument separation, and smooth tone.

Here's a great seller, who provides tracking, and sells authentic Piston 2.0 gold.

http://bit.ly/1gOqiMM
post #1128 of 1156
I think you will be VERY pleased with the purchase. Using mine as I type.
post #1129 of 1156

Cool, thanks a lot. I'll be looking into them and just might pull the trigger on it since the price is so low. The only thing I worry about is the Chinese manufacturer (build quality / quality control), Chinese seller (long shipping time), and not positive if they fully work with Android phones (I need the pause/play, call answering, and volume up/down to work).

 

I wish there was an IEM that combines the bass and warmth of my MDT, the detail and soundstage of my TF10, the instrument separation, comfort, ease of putting it on / taking off of my XBA-3iP. Having full Android controls would be a major plus too, of course. I would totally sell all of my IEMs for the Sony XBA-H3 if it wasn't so damn big and awkward looking. LOL


Edited by Click - 1/19/14 at 11:33pm
post #1130 of 1156
The build quality is STURDY! the wire is cloth covered Kevlar. The mic is very high quality , and the housings are machined aluminum . Can't ask for a sturdier build.
post #1131 of 1156
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Originally Posted by IEMagnet01 View Post

The build quality is STURDY! the wire is cloth covered Kevlar. The mic is very high quality , and the housings are machined aluminum . Can't ask for a sturdier build.

Yeah it sounds almost too good to be true, especially with sound quality as good as you say it is. How long did it take for you to receive them from that seller? You live in the U.S. correct? Are they comfortable?

post #1132 of 1156
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Originally Posted by Click View Post

Yeah it sounds almost too good to be true, especially with sound quality as good as you say it is. How long did it take for you to receive them from that seller? You live in the U.S. correct? Are they comfortable?

They are very comfortable, but you'll need to change tips. The stock tips are pure ****. They are definitely true. They get very high praise on the discovery thread. Even from those who own TOTL gear. It's a brilliant uncovered gem.
post #1133 of 1156
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Originally Posted by kevms89 View Post

Ok so I got the 40's finally, been listening to them and here are my thoughts.

Compared to the 3 I notice a wider soundstage, bigger and nicer bass that does not bleed into the rest of the sounds.

Instrument seperation is insane, I mean wow! Its like I can hear all the different instruments clearly which I could on the xba3 but this is crazy.

As far as that mettalic thing, I cant say, I didnt notice anything on the 3 and on here either, obviously it didnt bother me if it was present in the 3 so no comment.

Fit and isolation are awesome, how the hell are these like 3 times the size of the 1 and it fits me perfectly and without any trouble whatsoever? Lol

Overall these are the best iems I have ever had, thats not saying much considering I have not had much but these are better than the XBA3 and XBAH1 that I had, the xba1 isnt even a contest in any aspect,

Very clear with big bass and soundstage but the detail is still in there, the seperation in particular is crazy, its like I can hear the guy right next to me playing the guitar very clearly and the other guy playing the drums on the other side very clearly.

Overall I love these, I cant see me wanting anything else from headphones, amazing IMO, whats cool is that they took the 3 which had great clear sound with nice bass and soundstage but made them even bigger and better without sacrificing clarity and detail, I was scared that these would sound a bit muddy like the H1 did but these are much better; the H1 was similar to the xba3 but had slightly better bass and a bigger soundstage but were not as clear as the 3, these are the best of both, big bass and soundstage mixed with great detail and clarity.

So yea thats my impressions, Im not the most technical with it but I can say that these are great especially after using the 3 for like a year staright.

These are being user on an iPhone 5 as were the others, also these go loud just as the H1 which went higher than the xba3.

Sold my 40's for the 30's.

Fit is much more comfortable, I spoke too soon about the 40's.

The 30's have more bass than the 3's, higher volume, better soundstage, bass is also not in your face though, the 40's bass is crazy its like you notice it all the time lol, its cool if you are a basshead though.

I think the 40's has a crazy awesome sound when it puts it all together but I think the 30's are good for all around, also fit nicer.

I stayed with the 3's but the 40's are no joke, the seperation imo is the real highlight rather than the bass.
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Can anyone here compare these to the Phonak Audeo PFE 232?  

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Originally Posted by djcarpentier View Post

Can anyone here compare these to the Phonak Audeo PFE 232?  
i have both of them, few impresssions for you.
pfe 232 is really great earphone, specially on treble, it has a lot of energy in treble but not a single harshness. soundstage noticeble bigger (and taller, i think it dues to the more extansion treble) and have better 3d feature than the xba3a. bass is the same quantity but pfe 232 has surpass quality bass, tighter, punchier. but the mid on xba3 more forward and thicker, vocal on xba3 is really attract me smily_headphones1.gif pfe232 mid thinner and laid back, but it stand nicely in the soundstage.
overall pfe 232 surpass the xba3 in most aspect , except the mid maybe not satisfy if you love vocal.
Edited by BooBoo91 - 2/10/14 at 7:26am
post #1136 of 1156
Wow. Great reply, thanks. Its too bad the 232's are discontinued. They are twice the price of the sonys as well, so that factors in a bit too.
post #1137 of 1156
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Originally Posted by djcarpentier View Post

Wow. Great reply, thanks. Its too bad the 232's are discontinued. They are twice the price of the sonys as well, so that factors in a bit too.
i gonna purchase the xba h3 and will have impression of it vs pfe 232 and xba3.
my local shop run out of xba h3, hope i'll get it by end of this month frown.gif
you should try as many as you can, such a waste to pay moẻ for an iem but it's doesn't meet your taste
Edited by BooBoo91 - 2/10/14 at 7:43am
post #1138 of 1156

If only i could. Like many other head-fier's i live in a part of the world where the best we have is a best buy, and they suck. Just trying to get he most for my money. 

 

Do you think the 3/30 is good value for the money? The jump to the 232's is a very large one money wise.

post #1139 of 1156
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Originally Posted by djcarpentier View Post

If only i could. Like many other head-fier's i live in a part of the world where the best we have is a best buy, and they suck. Just trying to get he most for my money. 

Do you think the 3/30 is good value for the money? The jump to the 232's is a very large one money wise.
smily_headphones1.gif 232 is really worth if you can buy the 2nd at 400-450.
xba 3/30 clearly is better value, but new comer xba h3 is said to be some of the best in 300-350 range. from many reviews of it, i think it's an absolute upgrade of entire xba series, more quality bass, bigger soundstage due to vent design and 16mm dynamic driver. i think you should take a look on that.
post #1140 of 1156

What kind of music do you listen to? I'm mostly into EDM and ambient electronica. Can the 232's handle that genre?

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